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Disney’s Lion King remake gets Donald Glover and James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones is set to recreate his role as Mufasa, while Donald Glover (Community, Atlanta) is going to play Simba in Disney’s new version of The Lion King.

I would say this is another of their live action remakes, but as there are no humans in it and Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) is directing, is this not just a new animated version with cool CGI animals?

I am not complaining as I thought The Jungle Book was great, I just want to get the concept right in my head. This is great casting for Simba and who else could they have got for Mufasa!

The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film.

The Lion King (1994) is one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won Academy Awards for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Elton John, Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies. In 1997, the stage production The Lion King made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards; 19 years later, it remains one of Broadway’s biggest hits alongside several other productions running around the world, including London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai, and North America. Translated into eight different languages, its 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people across every continent except Antarctica.

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